Earlier this year, when Korean carmaker KIA Motors hinted about their grand debut into the Indian auto world, they showed us some of the greatest offerings from the company. The Rio could be one of the four models that are expected to arrive in India after the production version of the Kia SP Concept.
At the 2018 Auto Expo and at Kia’s roadshows held for prospective dealers in the country, the brand had showcased the Rio hatchback to gauge interest in the model. However, if launched in India, the Rio sedan is expected to share its engine options with the Verna which is currently on sale.
The Hyundai car gets three engine options – a 100hp, 1.4-litre petrol, a 123hp, 1.6-litre petrol and a 128hp, 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.4-litre model is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual while the 1.6-litre engines get a six-speed manual and automatic options. If Rio arrives after the Verna facelift (scheduled for a 2020 launch), it may share the all-new BS-VI-compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines that are currently under development.
If this car makes it to the Indian markets then it will have the same rivals, namely Honda City (Rs 8.77-13.88 lakh), Maruti Suzuki’s Ciaz facelift and the Toyota Yaris (Rs 8.75-14.07 lakh). The mid-size sedan segment is expected to see the introduction of the all-new VW Vento and Skoda Rapid in 2021, which would also be rivals to the Rio sedan.